By James Smith
Centralia Fireside Guard
Catherine T. Zinkel of Mexico has been appointed by Governor Jay Nixon as the new collector for Audrain County.
The position became vacant upon the death of the previous collector, Dianne Rennick.
Zinkel, a Democrat, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and currently works in the child support office in Audrain County and as a fitness instructor at the YMCA in Mexico. She has previous experience in administration and accounting at small businesses in Mexico and St. Louis.
“I am confident that Cathy Zinkel will be able to step into this position and ably serve the citizens of Audrain County,” Nixon said. “I also appreciate the service that Dianne Rennick provided to the people of this county before her untimely passing.”
Zinkel was nominated to represent Audrain County through the Audrain County Democratic party central committee courtesy of sheriff Stewart Miller. “She was selected by the Democrats’ central committee,” said western Audrain County Commissioner Tom Groves. “Stewart Miller recommended her.”
Miller, Audrain county’s sheriff, said Zinkel and her husband Bob have are active in the community and that her at least 15- year background in small business and accounting would be a good addition the county offices.
“She is and will be an asset to Audrain County. She’s a hard-working, giving person,” Miller said.
“If anybody calls her for help and advice, she’s always willing to help. She’s just that type of person.”
Zinkel was sworn in and assumed her duties on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
“She has not yet received her commission from the secretary of state and her bond is not yet in place,” Harvey said.
“Collectors, by law, have to be bonded.” In Zinkel’s instance, said Harvey, that bond would have a $750,000 value.